Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers and Hawkeyes to Battle in Assembly Hall Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Kim Roberson scored a career-high 28 points at Illinois on Jan. 7.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Kim Roberson scored a career-high 28 points at Illinois on Jan. 7.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 10, 2007

    Iowa Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will face the Iowa Hawkeyes on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 11.

    The Hoosiers (13-4, 2-2) bounced back from a tough overtime loss to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Jan. 4 and topped Illinois on the road, 71-64, on Jan. 7. Sophomore Kim Roberson scored a career-high 28 points in IU's win over the Fighting Illini. The Hoosiers handed Illinois its first loss in Assembly Hall, breaking their 7-0 start to the home season.

    Roberson sank 11-of-17 from the field, including four 3-pointers, in the victory. Senior Sarah McKay added 17 points and sophomore Whitney Thomas grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. The Hoosiers shot 43.1 percent from the floor, becoming the first team to shoot more than 40 percent against Illinois this season. Indiana forced the Illini into committing 17 turnovers, but Illinois held the advantage on the boards, 36-35.

    Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip off against Iowa is at 7:05 p.m. EST.

    The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with the Hoosiers, 36-13. Iowa holds a 7-3 advantage in the two teams' last 10 meetings, however, the Hoosiers won last season's meeting in Bloomington, 65-53, on Dec. 29.

    Iowa enters tonight's game with a 10-7 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Big Ten.

    The Hawkeyes are coming off a 63-61 win at Northwestern on Jan. 7. Megan Skouby led all players with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor. She also sank a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line and added a team-high nine boards in the victory. Wendy Ausdemore tallied 13 points as she hit 5-of-7 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and added five caroms, while Kristi Smith scored 11 points and registered a team-best five assists.

    Skouby leads the Hawkeyes in scoring on the season with 14.7 points per game. Smith is averaging 12.7 points per game and is leading Iowa with 15.8 points per contest against Big Ten foes. Jenee Graham is leading the Hawkeyes on the boards, grabbing 9.5 rebounds per game in 17 games so far this season.

    Iowa is averaging 67.6 points per game and shooting 44.0 percent from the field. The Hawkeyes are also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game.

    Sophomores Kim Roberson and Whitney Thomas have really stepped up in the Hoosiers' first four games of the Big Ten slate and are leading IU in four categories.

    Roberson is leading Indiana in scoring with 15.2 points against league foes and owns a team-best 16 steals, with a season-high five thefts recorded against Michigan State on Dec. 28 and again on Jan. 4.

    Thomas is leading the Hoosiers on the boards with 9.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot forward posted a 13-rebound effort at Michigan State on Dec. 28 and at Illinois on Jan. 7. Thomas also has a team-high 12 assists in league games, with a career- and season-high seven assists registered against the Spartans on Jan. 4.

    The Hoosiers' 43.1 percent shooting from the floor on Jan. 7 at Illinois marked the first time this season the Illini had allowed an opponent to shoot more than 40 percent from the field.

    Indiana has shot more than 40 percent from the field in 11 games this season, including a season-best 62.3 percent (38-of-61) shooting vs. Dayton on Nov. 19.

    Indiana has recorded double digit steals in 11 games this year, with a season-best 18 registered on Nov. 19 vs. Dayton.

    The Hoosiers' high against Big Ten foes was when they tallied 17 thefts vs. No. 20 Michigan State on Dec. 28.

    Sophomore Kim Roberson leads the Hoosiers with 43 steals, while classmate Whitney Thomas is at her heels with 40 on the season.

    Junior Nikki Smith has surpassed 200 points in back-to-back seasons. Smith netted 237 points as a sophomore last season and has currently scored 214 points in 17 games this season. She has registered 483 points in 68 games on her career.




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